Although we had Monday off because of Labor Day, I woke up and felt very sick. I rested for the rest of the day on Monday and decided that I needed to make an appointment at the Health and Wellness Center. I made an appointment for Wednesday at 2:10, they are usually pretty busy so getting an ‘emergency’ appointment usually doesn’t happen. They are usually helpful and can send necessary labs to the hospital although you have to pay for it depending on your insurance. They are able to provide spedical dhall( dorrill dining hall ) tickets that say you can take healthy foods, tea, etc. I went to my appointment on Wednesday and it turns out I have bronchitis. No suprise to me because I’ve had bronchitis 10 times since I’ve been at Longwood. I really need to get my tonsils out because I get bronchitis at the same time as I suffer from strep throat. College makes it rough to stay healthy because of all the people in a small space. I have made an investment in airborne and I take one twice a week when I’m not sick and up to three times a day when I am sick so my immune system doesn’t completely fail me.
Going to class, or not going to class, when your sick is a double ended sword. If you go to class you can infect your teacher and everyone else in the classroom, not to mention everyone that you pass on campus. Not going to class is just as detrimental. You miss notes, and possibly quizzes and tests, and you almost are marked absent. Longwood has a very strict attendance policy. (For MWF classes you can’t miss more than three, and for TR (R stands for Thursday) you can’t miss more than two- or you can drop a letter grade). Make sure if you miss a class you email your teacher BEFORE hand about your sickness and most professors are very understanding and will give you class notes or recommend that you get them from a friend in the class.
So being sick in college is really inconvienant but the best way to deal with it is to prevent it. So as cheesy as it sounds wash your hands frequently, have hand sanitizer around your room and in your backpack for sneezes and and quick disinfections. Try to eat at healthy as possibly although we all know that in college its really tempting to order pizza or go to dhall and only eat the cereal and tempting desserts and ignore all other food groups entirely.
So in short, I’m sick and it stinks. But, being sick at Longwood isn’t that bad because of the amenities the Health Center has to offer and the typically understanding professors.
In the blue and white spirit,